Located approximately 15 miles east of Austin, the $250 million Webberville Solar facility is contracted to Austin Energy for 25 years, and is expected to generate enough energy to power 5,000 average homes annually.
The project was constructed in December 2011 by RES Americas, and purchased by MetLife and Longsol Holdings US Inc.. The 30MW solar farm is the largest active PV power plant in Texas. This solar farm covers 380 acres and consists of 270 W photovoltaic (PV) modules.
The energy produced by the Webberville Solar project is expected to generate more than 1.4 billion kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy over 25 years. That is enough energy to power more than 136,000 average U.S. homes (5,000 homes per year) while offsetting more than 1.6 billion pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.
This solar facility utilizes solar Photovoltaic panel technology that is mounted on horizontal-axis trackers that rotates in the East-West direction with the sun’s position in the sky in order to optimize electricity production.
Coolmyplanet recognizes the contribution that this project brings to the combat against the deterioration of the climate system. Solar Power projects help fighting the devastating effects that human activity causes on the climate, since the use of solar energy avoids the fossil fuels burnt and the depletion of the natural resources. If less fossil fuels are used, there will be a reduction of the projected rise on the average temperatures of the Earth’s Surface.
The Webberville Solar Farm generates the total amount of 15000 Credits, corresponding to the cooling effect for the 25 years lifetime established for the project,
Credits account the compensation effect of the temperature rise generated by the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions and/or the reduction in heat absorption by changes in physical properties of the use of land in specific projects such as this one.
The Credits generated by this project will be assigned to citizens willing to offset their Personal Environmental Footprint, and be part of a global movement to fight now climate change.